Over the course of two albums in the shape of their self-titled debut in 2017 and 2019's Satis Factory, Mattiel have established themselves as discerning purveyors of an elegant soaring brand of rock n' soul. On album three, Georgia Gothic, Atina Mattiel Brown and Jonah Swilley reunite to produce another instant classic. However, they approached writing this album in a completely different way.
The product of Atlanta duo Mattiel Brown and Jonah Swilley’s time together shut away in a remote woodland cabin is testament to seamless collaboration A first listen of Mattiel's third album may have you wondering if it's the same band that brought us an eponymous debut in 2017 and a 2019 follow-up, Satis Factory. Perhaps that is a slight exaggeration; Mattiel Brown's vocal delivery is still unmistakably the same person, yet her tone is softer, not so full-on and even more delicate. There's also more of a catchiness that pops up here and there that was nailed perfectly on 2021 EP Those Words, which also featured another decent cut in the shape of Freedom Feels.
Atlanta indie-rock duo Mattiel are back with yet another dose of richly cinematic charm. Serving as their third instalment, 'Georgia Gothic' is a quirky, liminal listening experience; building on the duo's history of experimental soundscaping, this album is a fine-tuned collection of dreamy vignettes that is simply irresistible. Crafted in the seclusion of a woodland cabin, Georgia Gothic thrives within a world of dreamy snapshots.